News and Events

Please join us on Wednesday, March 29, 2017,  at 11 a.m. for this talk in our Brown Bag Series by Columbia's Kevin Ochsner, Professor of Psychology.  The talk will take place in Room 440 of the Allan Rosenfield Building, 722 West 168th Street.

An abstract of Dr. Ochsner's talk, "The Brain Bases of Emotion Regulation across the Lifespan,"  follows.  Please RSVP if you wish to attend:

Carol D. Ryff, PhD presents our next Distinguished Lecture "Unequal Lives and Aging: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Know?"

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 4 pm*

Join us for refreshments at 4 pm. The Distinguished Lecture begins at 4:15 pm.

Hess Commons, Allan Rosenfield Building, 722 W. 168th Street

“Don’t Lose Your Brain at Work – The Role of Recurrent Novelty at Work in Cognitive and Brain Aging,” relates new findings about how work can affect brain aging.  (February 6, 2017 issue of Frontiers in Psychology, Co-authors include Jan Oltmanns as well as Columbia Aging Center director Ursula Staudinger. 

The Columbia Aging Center's digital narrative on what it looks like to grow old in New York City is featured this week in a slideshow in Next Avenue.  Directed, created and written by Senior Staff Association, Dorian Block, "Exceeeding Expectations" follows 20 people over 80 in their journey around New York City. The team spent thousands of hours and hundreds of days with our subjects to bring to light the stories of these New Yorkers.

Due to weather cancellation on March 14, 2017, the seminar by Anne Brunet has been rescheduled for 2018. It will be held on April 24, 2018.

On March 9th, Columbia Aging Center Faculty Member, John W. Rowe, MD, presents at a meeting of Healthcare Executives Network at the Buck Center for Research on Aging in Novato, CA.

The Columbia Aging Center partners this summer with the Columbia Center for Oral History Research to present Oral History and Aging: Transmitting Life Stories of Being and Becoming across Cultures and Generations.  For application details, please visit:  Application deadline is April 1, 2017.

Demographer and economist, Vegard Skirbekk, presents at Geneva's Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Gerontology and Vulnerabilty.  His topic is "Age, Health and Productivity."  For more information, please visit:

The Berlin Demography Forum is a cross-party global dialog platform, which takes place annually with a changing set of questions on demographic challenges. The aim is to bring together leaders from politics, business, science and civil society and to discuss possible routes towards sustainable development and develop steps of action that tackle demographic change.

“Education and Integration” was the theme of the 6th Berlin Demography Forum that took place in mid-February in Berlin. Experts from 20+ countries examined the impact of demographic change on families, work life, health, and migration and the importance of education as a key factor for societal participation. A central question was what kind of school and work qualification young people, older employees as well as refugees need for the digitalized working world of today and tomorrow.

The Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center and the Columbia School of Journalism, will host the 2017 Age Boom Academy: Exploring Inequities in Health, Work and Retirement. The Academy will be held in the Journalism School at Columbia University in New York City, June 8-10, 2017.  Click here for more information and to apply.  Applications are due March 3, 2017.